The Epidemic

Since 1980, rates of obesity have doubled in 2-5 year olds, quadrupled in 6-11 year olds, and tripled in 12-19 year olds. While recent reports show encouraging signs that obesity rates are stabilizing, and even beginning to decline in certain populations in the US, rates remain unacceptably high in all age groups. Furthermore, disparities persist along racial, ethnic, socio-economic and geographic lines. The causes of obesity are complex and interconnected; culture, societal norms, community assets, and practices at home influences a child’s ability to make healthy choices and, ultimately, influences weight status.

The Epidemic

Causes

Causes
Causes

Consequences

Childhood obesity causes serious immediate and long-term consequences
for both individuals and our society.

Consequences
Solutions

Solutions

Continued reports from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Institute of Medicine, and the White House Task Force on Childhood Obesity have emphasized the importance of a systematic and multi-sector approach to preventing childhood obesity. ChildObesity180 is answering that call by taking a unique approach to reversing the epidemic among children ages 5 to 12 years. The organization brings together the best of public health practice and business expertise to create innovative initiatives that impact various aspects of a child’s environment. Through these actions, ChildObesity180 promotes energy balance to prevent excess weight gain in children throughout the nation.

Solutions